Grade 1 Curriculum

  • We begin the year reading stories that illustrate fiction and nonfiction.  As the year proceeeds, we talk about using nonfiction books to learn facts and do research.  We introduce the index and table of contents, which help us to find information quickly.  We continue to read and talk about fiction and nonfiction throughout the school year.  Some of the stories we read are:

       Andre, The Harbor Seal by A.Hodgkins and  Prince William by Gloria Rand

       LLama by Caroline Arnold and Harley by Star Livingstone

       Dogs at Work by Julia Barnes and Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

       Hermit Crabs by Lola Schaefer and A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

       Songs from the Loom by Monty Roessel and A Goat in the Rug by Charles L. Blood

       Pizza Man by Marjorie Pillar and Pete's a Pizza by William Steig

  • As our first graders are beginning to read independently, we introduce a variety of entry level readers. As part of this unit, we encourage our students to choose an ER (early reader) book as one of their two book choices.  This will hopefully encourage our students to practice reading independently at home.  As we say at HPS, "practice makes better"!  Here are some of our favorite ER authors:

       Cynthia Rylant

       Stephen Krensky

       James Howe

       Grace Lin


  • Our year finishes with funny and clever stories.  Is the illustrator important to a story?  Ask your first grader! These are some of the stories we share with our first grade students:

        The Undone Fairy Tale by Ian Lendler

        Wait! No Paint! by Bruce Whatley

        Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and the Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems

        Wolf's Coming by Joe Kulka

        My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

Last Modified on February 8, 2015